Lock stitch markers are indispensable for crocheting. This is particularly true when crocheting a project in a circle and when adjusting the crocheted fabric in accordance with the pattern.
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Why Use Stitch Markers?
Why do you need stitch markers? Markers are used to mark specific points or elements on the finished fabric:
- the beginning of the row
- the place of decreasing/increasing stitches
- other important points, which will then be difficult to track and find.
Types of Stitch Markers
There are many different stitch markers that you can buy, find, or make yourself. However, not all stitch markers are useful for crochet. There are stitch markers that can be used for both knitting and crochet and then some that are better for one than the other.
- for crochet – best to use lock rings, split rings, or scraps of yarn
- for knitting – the jump ring
Below, learn how to make a place in crochet. We will explain the types of stitch markers and the differences between each stitch marker type and whether or not they will be helpful in crochet.
These markers can be made of:
They can vary in shape:
- have locks, like regular safety pins
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How to Use Stitch Markers in Crocheting
How to use Split Ring Stitch Marker
The first one is a Split Ring Stitch Marker that resembles a hook. It’s very easy to use as there is no need to lock it.
As you can see in the image below, the design is basic. It’s an open circle with a little tail, which makes it easy to slip on and off your row. There are a variety of colors and sizes available, which makes it easy to stay organized.
How to use Long Pin Stitch Marker
The second option is a Long Pin Stitch Marker. These markers are suitable for removing multiple stitches, such as Tunisian crochet.
How to use Lock Ring Stitch Markers
The third option is Lock Ring Stitch Markers. It’s well suited for crocheting toys where it is convenient to mark the beginning and end of a row without stretching the crocheted fabric itself.
These specific stitch markers are great for helping you to remember to make a special stitch or something because they stay put very nicely. It’s the perfect stitch marker for crochet!
Despite many controversies regarding the use of markers to lock stitches, the pros of using them far outweigh the cons. And whether to use them or not, is the personal choice of each crocheter.
- they’re relatively inexpensive;
- they’re universal – they can be used not only in crocheting,
- they’re bright-colored, thus, easy to find on the fabric,
- they don’t damage the yarn,
- they’re sold in kits.
- they can get lost
- if they’re colored, they may leave color on yarn.
Where are Buying a Stitch Marker?
Most often, manufacturers make them in pretty bright colors so that they are clearly visible on the crocheted fabric. They are sold in kits and are relatively inexpensive.
You can buy them individually, but the kit option will be much more convenient since the crocheting process usually requires a significant amount of them. They’re not very sharp, so it is difficult to get hurt or cut with them.